WALTERS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER 2017-2018 CONCERT SERIES HIGHLIGHTS FOLK, AMERICANA, CELTIC, OPERA, JAZZ, CLASSICAL, COUNTRY, SOUL, ROOTS, FAMILY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES + MORE!
From Chris Smither and Oregon Mandolin Orchestra to collaborations with PDX Jazz, Portland Opera,
Teatro Milagro and more – The City of Hillsboro’s premier performing arts venue – showcases
a new season of local, regional and national artists in performances for all ages
The Walters Cultural Arts Center at 527 East Main Street in Hillsboro announces the 2017-2018 Concert Series line-up with tickets on sale Friday, August 4 at 9 am. The series opens with a return performance by Seattle’s beloved Naomi Wachira – named Best Folk Singer by Seattle Weekly on Friday September 29 at 7:30 p.m. The series will conclude with the infamous Acoustic Guitar Summit on Friday, May 18, 2018. This multi-cultural line-up includes Nuevo Americana, Singers + Songwriters, Family Friendly Opera, Educational Jazz, Celtic, Fingerstyle Guitar, Roots, Gospel, Classical, Bi-Lingual Theatre, Country and Folk – along with emerging and legendary performers. General admission tickets range in price from $5 to $30. Ticket purchases can be made via phone or in person at the Walters box office 503-615-3485 or online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Doors open one hour before show time and wine, beer, snacks and concessions are provided by Longbottom Coffee and Tea. The Walters concert series has evolved over the years and continues to enrich the community with world class talent and affordable, culturally significant performances.
The Walters is a ground-breaking home for creativity and culture providing expanded opportunities for the entire metro area community, including increased access to exceptional performing and fine arts experiences. Recently celebrating its 10 year anniversary, the Walters is one of the area’s hidden gems in regional cultural entertainment. The Walters Concert Series highlights a diverse range of beloved artists in its 200 seat theatre recognized for its architectural beauty and excellent acoustics.
Located in the heart of historic downtown Hillsboro, the Walters is part of the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Hillsboro’s Parks and Recreation Department. In addition to its concert series and gallery season, the Walters hosts a variety of cultural events as part of its Tuesday Happenings: First Tuesday gallery receptions, open-mic poetry nights, and a spoken word series. The Walters also offers arts education opportunities for all ages in fine and performing arts, in its studios and classrooms. Year after year, the Walters is a vibrant testament to the positive and enriching role that the arts play in our communities, and is a thriving example of Hillsboro’s commitment to arts and culture.
Concerts featured for Fall 2017 include:
Friday, September 29 | 7:30 pm
$15 advance | $20 day of show
Indie Singer + Songwriter, AfroFolk
Beloved Northwest artist Naomi Wachira returns to the Walters with one-of-a-kind songwriting and storytelling that bridges continents and cultures with grace and positivity. Hailing from Kenya and Seattle, Wachira is an international artist of “formidable talent and heart” (NW Music Scene) on a mission to connect audiences through the power of music. “She lifts hearts…Her lyrics shine. Her message: adore life…” (DList Magazine, Seattle). Don’t miss this chance for an intimate performance with a celebrated folk musician at the height of her creative powers. naomiwachira.com
Portland Opera To Go
Mozart’s – The Magic Flute
Saturday, October 21 | 2 pm
$5 suggested donation
Recommended ages: 6 & up
Even if you have never been to an opera, prepare to be delighted and entertained by Portland Opera To Go’s short and sweet version of The Magic Flute. Mozart’s universally bewitching tale of love, adventure, and the conflict between good and evil is buoyed by comedy, a fairy-tale worthy production, and above all, glorious music. Designed for children and families (and young-at-heart adults), POGO’s opera adaptations have thrilled tens of thousands of fans throughout the region. No advance sales for this event (walk-up only). 60 minute program. www.portlandopera.org
Friday, October 27 | 7:30 pm
$22 advance/ $26 day of show
Singer + Songwriter, Blues
Prolific and internationally celebrated singer-songwriter Chris Smither returns to the Walters for a highly anticipated solo performance. Called “one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world” by the Associated Press, “Smither’s roots are as blue as they come” (Rolling Stone). Deeply admired by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, his masterful singing and guitar playing have garnered him legions of loyal fans throughout the span of his 50+ year career. Get your tickets early for an unforgettable evening with this legendary musician. smither.com
The Walters Cultural Arts Center is conveniently located just two blocks off the MAX Blue line in historic downtown Hillsboro. For further information, call 503-615-3485 or visit the website at www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/walters. Many thanks go to Walters Concert series Sponsor, The Orenco Hotel and First Tuesday sponsor, Decadent Creations Bakery — whose generosity and support have made it possible to enhance the Arts Center’s offerings and services.
The Walters Cultural Arts Center is a premier west side visual arts and performance facility. Part of the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation department, the Walters is home to a 200 seat state-of-the-art performance and event space, art galleries and studio space dedicated to workshops and classes representing a wide variety of art forms. Each season the Walters’ eclectic concert series grows, featuring local, national and international artists. The Walters also hosts free events including First Tuesday Gallery Openings, Open Poetry Night and the Spoken Word Series.